Tips Should Go To Workers, Not Their Bosses

Thea Bryan is a single mother putting herself through graduate school. She spends her days at an unpaid internship for her social work program. At nights, she bartends for tips. Sometimes, the pay is lucrative. But around October, her work — and money — started to lag. “When business is slow, as it has been for me lately, I don’t get paid. The managers get paid, the kitchen staff gets paid, the dishwasher gets paid. I don’t,” Bryan said. The Department of Labor could make things much worse for Bryan. Under a proposed new rule, she might have to hand her tips over to her bosses. The new rule would let minimum wage employers take over the tips that customers leave for their servers. That’s right: If you serve, your boss would get your tips. Bryan shared her story at a press briefing put on by Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United on December 12.
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